So, I’ve been hemming and hawing over curtains for the living room for months now. I couldn’t decide on the look I wanted or the amount I wanted to spend on them. And I didn’t know if I wanted to buy pre made curtains, fabric, or a hybrid of the two – curtains that I had to alter.
I eventually went with a hybrid. I chose these gorgeous BJÖRNLOKA LINJE linen curtains (I don’t pick the names!) from Ikea. Mind you, I’ve looked at these curtains a handful of times before and passed them by because they weren’t “just right”. But on this particular trip to
buy my daughter an ice cream cone pick up some blankets, my husband pointed them out, I thought about it again, and finally came to the conclusion that they could probably work!
So, I got home and put the curtains up and of course I didn’t like them! I liked the curtains themselves, but didn’t like the tab tops. I don’t know why, but tab tops just aren’t my thing right now. But I knew I could fix them quite easily…if I was willing to get that dreadful sewing machine out again! I really hate sewing. Something always seems to go wrong when I attempt it. But I’m trying to change that. I recently borrowed a sewing book from the library and am hoping it will help me get started in the right direction. I hate the fear that the thought of sewing brings me, so I think it’s high time I do something about that!
Anyway, this was actually a super easy project and I, thankfully, didn’t have anything go wrong!
Here’s how to easily change your tab tops to pocket curtains.
1. Use your fabric scissors (I love Fiskars!) to cut the tabs off each curtain panel. Be careful not to cut the fabric they’re attached to! This will now be the bottom of your curtains.
2. Flip the curtain panel and measure what used to be the bottom, for your pocket. Measure and pin the end and then measure and pin every 3 inches or so. For the pocket size, I measured out 3.25 inches, but later decided to sew my pocket line on the top of the hem that was already there. This made my pockets about 2.75 inches. I would not recommend going any smaller than 2.75 inches to ensure you can fit the rod inside the pocket.
3. Get the nerve up to haul out your sewing machine and start sewing. Seriously, it’s that easy. Make sure to use a thread color that will blend easily with your fabric, thread the bobbin and all that good stuff, and you’re on your way!
Now, that wasn’t all that scary, was it? Once you’re done sewing, cut off any extra string and hang those puppies!
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Okay, so I know I failed to show a shot of our whole, huge window, but as you can kind of tell from this picture, we went with two short rods instead of a huge, long one. Our front window is enormous and to find one rod to fit the whole thing is impossible…or really expensive! We went with this cool industrial piping that I got at the same time that I hung the curtains in our bedroom. We painted everything white so it would blend in a little. I love the industrial look, but also love how the white paint softens it a bit.
*Note, if you plan to paint plumbing fixtures/metal pipe with spray paint, don’t use it in a high traffic area like this table. The spray paint chips off quite easily because it doesn’t really have much to stick to. It’s fine for curtain rods, though, because once they’re up, you don’t touch them anymore and they just sit there and look pretty! :)
Back to the curtains…we hung them a few inches above and outside the window to give the room a bit more height. A huge plus side to Ikea curtains is that they are really long, so even hanging them high and cutting off the tabs, I still got some pooling on the floor which I think looks so cozy!
Alright, so I have to know. Do you sew? Are you a lot better at it than I am? (You probably are!) If you are a sewer, are there any other books you recommend reading? I really want to get the hang of this, so I don’t fear it as much, so any pointers would help a ton!
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